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Edwin Encarncion has mild back inflammation, starts Saturday
by R.J. White |

A precautionary MRI on the injured back of Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion revealed that he is dealing with minor inflammation, Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion slugged his 33rd home run of the season Friday and is back in the starting lineup Saturday, so the minor injury hasn't cost him playing time. He has hit .262/.350/.552 with 33 home runs and 89 RBI in 446 at-bats.

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Adam Lind out of lineup Saturday with back issue
by R.J. White |

Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind is out of the starting lineup Saturday due to a back issue, Sportsnet reports.

Lind's back locked up, leaving him likely unavailable for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees, but he should be fine in a day or two. He has hit .321/.384/.489 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 274 at-bats.

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Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White |

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Ellsbury is expected to undergo an MRI Saturday after being removed from action the previous day with a hamstring injury. He has hit .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 575 at-bats.

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Domonic Brown out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White |

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the A's.

Brown was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a right hand sprain, and he appears set to miss a second straight game with the issue. He has hit .237/.288/.356 with 10 home runs, 61 RBI and seven stolen bases in 452 at-bats.

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David Peralta returns to lineup Saturday
by R.J. White |

Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is back in the starting lineup Saturday.

Peralta hasn't started since Sept. 5 due to a back injury, but he was able to pinch hit Friday. He has hit .292/.325/.459 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 305 at-bats during his rookie campaign.

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Josh Hamilton day-to-day with inflammation
by R.J. White |

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent a CT scan on the front and back of his ribcage, and the diagnosis is that he's dealing with inflammation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hamilton is day-to-day while recovering from the injury. He has hit .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu begins throwing Saturday
by R.J. White |

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu began a throwing program Saturday by playing catch before his team's game against the Cubs, the Orange County Register reports.

Ryu will likely miss the remainder of the regular season, but he's hoping his shoulder injury will recover enough to allow him to pitch in the playoffs. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 139:29 K:BB ratio in 152 innings.

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Danny Duffy throws bullpen session Friday
by R.J. White |

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy threw a bullpen session late Friday and will be held out of action Saturday and Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Duffy hasn't pitched since Sept. 6 due to a shoulder issue, but he's listed as the team's probable starter for Monday's game in Cleveland. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback over the weekend, he should return to action Monday. Duffy owns a 2.42 ERA and 108:50 K:BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

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Robinson Cano delivers three-hit performance Friday
by R.J. White |

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano went 3 for 5 with an RBI in his team's 10-5 win over the Astros Friday.

While his power is down from his recent seasons in New York, Cano continues to get it done at the plate. If he can finish the season with his current .321 batting average or better, it'll represent his best mark since his second major-league season in 2006. Cano has hit .321/.387/.465 with 14 home runs, 78 RBI and a career-high 10 stolen bases in 564 at-bats.

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Juan Uribe out Saturday with tightness in side
by R.J. White |

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is not in the starting lineup due to tightness in his side, reports.

The injury is minor, and Uribe is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday. He has hit .309/.336/.440 nine home runs and 48 RBI in 366 at-bats.

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